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Summary Report, Claim of William Britton, June 11 1872


Summary Report, Claim of William Britton, June 11 1872


This article marks the summary of the Southern Claim's Commission investigation into the claims of William Thomas Britton, a resident of Hertford County. The claimant was filing on the behalf of his father, by means of a will leaving properties to him. However, he was old enough to serve as a soldier and is not able to sufficiently "prove his loyalty" so his claim is disallowed.

The commission itself was formed by act of congress on March 3, 1871 to handle reimbursement requests by citizens who had their goods seized by union foraging parties. To actually receive reparations one had to prove their loyalty to the Union during the war, a feat that was incredibly difficult to do with only 7.7% of the claims being accepted. Thus, these documents provide a useful insight into what citizens were doing during the war and how they responded to the Union movements through the south in the form of the proofs of loyalty submitted alongside the claims.


Southern Claims Commission


Southern Claims Commission, Barred and Disallowed, Fold3 archives




Bryant, Lee




North Carolina

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The claimant was 18 years of age when the war ended. He does not prove his loyalty although old enough for a soldier- testifies for himself, but does not ever say his sympathies- were with the union cause- He claims under his grandfather's will, who died during the war- that will gives claimant 2/3rd of all testators accounts and the claim, must pass if all by the will under that clause and he should make claim to only two thirds- but loyalty is not here, and the claim must be disallowed.


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Southern Claims Commission, Summary Report, Claim of William Britton, June 11 1872, Civil War Era NC, accessed March 20, 2018,